MacLean’s ML5 goes from custom to commercially available

The ML5 MacLean utility vehicle
The ML5 is the newest addition to the MacLean utility vehicle product line.

MacLean Engineering is expanding its elevated work platform lineup with the launch of the ML5 multi-lift. 

The newest addition to the MacLean utility vehicle product line was initially designed as a safe and purpose-built alternative to the use of integrated tool carriers in underground operations across Australia. 

The purpose-built machine was created for mine services installation and repair work from an elevated work platform with a 6.5 metre working height and a 4.5 tonne payload. This became the foundation of the ML5’s design, engineered for safety, productivity and versatility. The design principles are relevant to underground mines around the globe and particularly in Australia.

“MacLean product design has always been about safety and productivity, and this new ML5 multi-lift continues in that tradition of solving a specific problem, in a way that engineers the protection of the worker in the real underground environment, while also enhancing productivity,” said Bryson Lehman, Product Marketing Manager for elevated work platform at MacLean.

“‘Safety is our veins, innovation in our DNA,’ isn’t just a slogan, it’s the how and the why of MacLean product development.”

ML5 safety

Safety and versatility are embedded in the ML5 design from the ground up. The slew boom range of motion delivers best-in-class coverage, along with in-basket operator controls and remote drive. 

The boom’s hydraulic and mechanical linkages are also doubled-up for contingency, to increase operator safety. And a quick hitch design allows for easy switch-out between multiple baskets, as well as the use of forks or a jib boom for material handling and general underground construction.

“We’re also excited to launch this new product because of how it complements our elevated work platform product suite – the SL2 and SL3 scissor lifts, and the LR3 boom lift for high reach and heavy load mine services applications,” said Maarten van Koppen, MacLean’s Vice President of Product Management. “We are now able to offer a range of mine services installation and repair solutions to mines around the world.”

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The mining vehicle is now commercially available for mining customers worldwide. 

The first unit, a battery electric model, was shipped from the MacLean production facility in Collingwood, Ontario, to its eventual destination and deployment in Australia. 

“This continues the MacLean tradition of designing mobile equipment solutions for one particular part of the underground mining world, which are then taken around the globe to solve similar problems at different operations. Each mine site is unique, but safety and productivity requirements are universal,” said Jari Tuorila, General Manager, Australasia, for MacLean.